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08/16/2018
Santa Barbara Activities

How to Spend 48 Hours in Santa Barbara

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So you’re planning on spending some time in Santa Barbara and you have 48 hours to fill, but just aren’t sure how to do it? There’s no problem when staying in a Paradise Retreats vacation escape, because our helpful staff just lives for challenges like this one. Because we love our guests, we have compiled this list on how to best spend your 48 hours in Santa Barbara! While It May Be Tempting to Sleep a Little Longer When the sun begins to awaken you with its rays, you more

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08/7/2018
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Best Local Quick Eats in Santa Barbara

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The Santa Barbara area is one that is filled with freshly grown local produce, and a number of our amazing local culinary artists have used this to their advantage to create some truly incredible dishes and eats. The next time you’re in the Santa Barbara area, here are three local restaurants you need to make sure to check out for yourself: Cold Spring Tavern From the moment you cross the threshold into the Cold Spring Tavern, you’ll immediately be taken aback to a time of frontiersman and settlers, and you’ll

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08/1/2018
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Day Trips From Santa Barbara

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When visiting Santa Barbara, it’s possible that you may want to take a little tour of the towns, cities, and villages that make our region so wonderful, and we can’t blame you wanting to go on day trips from Santa Barbara! Many of us here at Paradise Retreats have lived here our entire lives and still wake up every day wondering how we got so lucky to live in such a beautiful place, and the towns nearby just add a sprinkle of awesome to our story. And just because you

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07/31/2018
Santa Barbara Activities

Best Activities for Keeping Cool in Santa Barbara

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The grace period is over. Summer has officially arrived all over the world! Planning a vacation during the hot and muggy months of summer can often be an experience you wish could have taken place in the cooler months, but when you plan a Santa Barbara vacation, you’re guaranteed an awesome time, no matter what the temperatures are outside! It doesn’t hurt, however, that summer in Santa Barbara is temperate and even cool, but on those days when the red line does climb over the 85 degree mark, these activities

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07/23/2018
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5 Santa Barbara Facts You Might Not Know

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Chances are you already know the important things about Santa Barbara: the perfect weather, the incredibly scenic landscape, and the fun that can be had in our ocean village. But sometimes, it’s the little details that make the biggest impact. Knowing these Santa Barbara facts, not just about our city, but about the people who make (or made) their lives here, gives Santa Barbara a human factor that makes it even more welcoming. We love this place we have chosen to live, work, and raise our children in, and we

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07/12/2018
Events in Santa Barbara

5 Santa Barbara Summer Events You Don’t Want To Miss

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Summer in Santa Barbara is as close to perfect as any season can be. Mild temperatures, perpetually sunny days, and plenty of beaches to spend your days playing on makes it the playground of California and the perfect place for you to spend this year’s vacation! In addition to the natural landscape that will take your breath away and an environment that encourages spending as much time outside as you possibly can, Santa Barbara is known for its rich cultural arts programs, exciting nightlife, and for these five Santa Barbara

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07/9/2018
Santa Barbara Activities

Best Santa Barbara Summer Activities for Group Travelers

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One of the best things about living in Santa Barbara is practically having summer temps year-round, and because those temps range between the high 60s and the high 70s, our visitors never have to worry about being too hot or too cold. Our weather is perfect, and when you’re planning a large group event—be it a family reunion, a college reunion, or a special destination wedding—Santa Barbara and our Paradise Retreats vacation escapes are where your thoughts should turn! And because you and your guests probably won’t want to stay

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06/27/2018
Events in Santa Barbara

Where to Watch Santa Barbara 4th Of July Fireworks

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In our minds, there’s no better place to spend your 4th of July vacation than right here in paradise: Santa Barbara, California. While we weren’t the birthplace of America, with a rich history dating back to the 16th century, we came pretty close and we celebrate accordingly! With colorful displays choreographed to music lasting far longer than those of “lesser cities,” our fireworks shows will be the perfect addition to your Santa Barbara vacation. Here’s a list of shows you can attend during your stay in paradise! 2018 Independence Day

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06/15/2018
Santa Barbara Activities

Best Farmers’ Markets Around Santa Barbara

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Do you know what makes a vacation in Santa Barbara even better than you ever imagined it could be? The opportunity to walk the aisles of a local farmers’ market, breathing in the fresh ocean air as you pick and choose from an amazing cornucopia of fresh produce, home-baked treats, and various specialty gifts for the family who didn’t get to accompany you on your trip to paradise; your vacation just exploded into next level awesomeness! Farmers’ markets allow you take a step back into time and experience the simpler

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06/1/2018
Santa Barbara Restaurants

Best Pizza Restaurants in Santa Barbara

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When you think about food in Santa Barbara, chances are your first thoughts involve seafood. Sitting at ocean’s edge as we do, it’s a valid point, but we have to tell you the restaurants in and around Santa Barbara are a smorgasbord of international and American delights. From good old-fashioned barbecue, to healthy and organic Mediterranean, to everyone’s favorite pizza, our ocean village offers a meal for every craving—and the food we tend to crave most often is pizza! And because we know that even the healthiest of eaters share

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